A History of Twentieth-Century African Literatures / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
$36.43
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 95%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (14) from $1.99   
  • New (4) from $41.78   
  • Used (10) from $1.99   

Overview


African literatures, says volume editor Oyekan Owomoyela, "testify to the great and continuing impact of the colonizing project on the African universe." African writers must struggle constantly to define for themselves and other just what "Africa" is and who they are in a continent constructed as a geographic and cultural entity largely by Europeans.
 
This study reflects the legacy of colonialism by devoting nine of its thirteen chapters to literature in "Europhone" languages—English, French, and Portuguese. Foremost among the Anglophone writers discussed are Nigerians Amos Tutuola, Chinua Achebe, and Wole Soyinka. Writers from East Africa are also represented, as are those from South Africa. Contributors for this section include Jonathan A. Peters, Arlene A. Elder, John F. Povey, Thomas Knipp, and J. Ndukaku Amankulor.
 
In African Francophone literature, we see both writers inspired by the French assimilationist system and those influenced by Negritude, the African-culture affirmation movement. Contributors here include Servanne Woodward, Edris Makward, and Alain Ricard. African literature in Portuguese, reflecting the nature of one of the most oppressive colonizing projects in Africa, is treated by Russell G. Hamilton. Robert Cancel discusses African-language literatures, while Oyekan Owomoyela treats the question of the language of African literatures.
 
Carole Boyce Davies and Elaine Savory Fido focus on the special problems of African women writers, while Hans M. Zell deals with the broader issues of publishing—censorship, resources, and organization.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Callaloo

"To date nothing quite as readable has appeared which does what this book attempts to do: to present a comprehensive view not only of the major issues around which debates in African writing have focused and continue to focus, but also a detailed inventory of the principal writers in the field in a portable text. . . . Owomoyela and his contributors have produced a book that anyone who desires to know the origins, principal figures, and the main trends and currents of African literatures and criticism in our time would find very useful."—Ode S. Ogede, Callaloo

— Ode S. Ogede

The Black Scholar

"This is a comprehensive examination of authors, works, and movements."—The Black Scholar
Abiola Irele

"A major reference text for African literature, providing solid information on the field in the various languages, and on authors, works, and movements. It will be invaluable."—Abiola Irele, author of The African Experience in Literature and Ideology
Callaloo - Ode S. Ogede

"To date nothing quite as readable has appeared which does what this book attempts to do: to present a comprehensive view not only of the major issues around which debates in African writing have focused and continue to focus, but also a detailed inventory of the principal writers in the field in a portable text. . . . Owomoyela and his contributors have produced a book that anyone who desires to know the origins, principal figures, and the main trends and currents of African literatures and criticism in our time would find very useful."—Ode S. Ogede, Callaloo
Callaloo - Ode Ogede
"To date nothing quite as readable has appeared which does what this book attempts to do: to present a comprehensive view not only of the major issues around which debates in African writing have focused and continue to focus, but also a detailed inventory of the principal writers in the field in a portable text. . . . Owomoyela and his contributors have produced a book that anyone who desires to know the origins, principal figures, and the main trends and currents of African literatures and criticism in our time would find very useful."—Ode Ogede, Callaloo
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803286047
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 8/23/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 411
  • Product dimensions: 0.94 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Oyekan Owomoyela is the author of A Ki I: Yoruba Proscriptive and Prescriptive Proverbs and Visions and Revisions: Essays on African Literatures and Criticism.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 English-Language Fiction from West Africa 9
2 English-Language Fiction from East Africa 49
3 English-Language Fiction from South Africa 85
4 English-Language Poetry 105
5 English-Language Drama and Theater 138
6 French-Language Fiction 173
7 French-Language Poetry 198
8 French-Language Drama and Theater 227
9 Portuguese-Language Literature 240
10 African-Language Literatures: Perspectives on Culture and Identity 285
11 African Women Writers: Toward a Literary History 311
12 The Question of Language in African Literatures 347
13 Publishing in Africa: The Crisis and the Challenge 369
The Contributors 389
Index 393
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)